How To Relax In A World Of Chaos

Coloring Isn’t Just For Kids!

When I was younger, I used to think that coloring was for kids and school projects, but now that I’m a little older I’ve realized just how much fun and relaxing coloring really can be.  I know it’s all the craze now and honestly it’s because of the studies that have proven that coloring can be very relaxing and soothing.  It’s a hobby where you can get lost in time dreaming and planning for big things to come.

I don’t know how many times I think I’m gonna spend 30 -45 minutes and do a little coloring or make a card and the next thing I know, it’s been 3 hours! While I don’t recommend letting it interfere with your life responsibilities, I do think we all need a hobby or something that relaxes us and lets our minds wander a bit and forget, just for a while, about all the stressors we have in our lives.  So today, take life a bit slower and just relax and remember everything you are grateful for.

As for me, I’m super grateful for so many of you that joined me this week for the 5 Day card challenge and I thank you so much for that!  What you may not realize is that this challenge was a great example of a stressors for me. I was so anxious about putting together something that you would like and appreciate that I almost didn’t go through with it. In the end however, I decided that if I loved watching what others are doing, and seeing how they made cards, than I am sure others would want to watch me too.  So I did it, jumped right in both feet first and if it isn’t perfect (and trust me I am not!) then I can only get better with practice! Which gives me incentive to try another one again sometime soon.

If you didn’t get a chance to sign up to receive the emails with my videos and Pdf files you can still do so here and I will restart the series for you at any time.  And now, let’s get to the good stuff – coloring and card making, YAY!!

Beautiful Cards By Donna

This week Donna has two wonderful cards for us!  The first one I am absolutely in love with, and it reminds me so much of days gone by with the old Coca-Cola products.  The second one is so lovely for a cute Easter card for someone special.  The little Miss Bunny stamp is just precious and she looks so prim and proper sitting there with her Easter bonnet on.

…but first coffee card

Red, White & Black Venti Coffee Cup Card - A retro look like Coca Cola
…but first coffee

Supplies

  • Venti Coffee Cup – Dream In Color Stamp Company
  • …but first coffee stamp – Dream In Color Stamp Company
  • Red cardstock
  • Watercolor paper
  • Water colors
  • White pigment ink (or white embossing powder)

 

 

 

How-to Steps

  1. I’m using the no-line water coloring technique in this card by using a light to clear color ink to stamp the image.
  2. Once the image is stamped I use my water colors to blend in the red cup sleeve and black/gray lid.
  3. Some shading along the edges and under the lid give the cup real dimension.
  4. And some highlighting straight down the middle creates the rounded illusion of the cup.
  5. The water-color paper with coloring was attached to a solid red background.
  6. I stamped the …but first coffee sentiment in white on a small red circle
  7. And finally layered the circle over a piece of red ribbon.

 

Happy Easter Miss Bunny Card

Dream In Color Stamp Company - Miss Bunny Stamp
Happy Easter!

 

Supplies

  • Miss Bunny Stamp – Dream In Color Stamp Company
  • Happy Easter sentiment stamp – Dream In Color Stamp Company
  • Kraft cardbase
  • White cardstock
  • Orange/yellow/green patterned paper
  • Copic markers
  • Rose circle die
  • Black and White paint
  • Archival Ink

 

How-to Steps

  1. Stamp the image onto white cardstock.
  2. Using the copic markers color the bunny and bonnet.
  3. Fussy cut out the bunny and set aside.
  4. Using the rose die, cut a circle rose and a square out of orange/yellow/green patterned paper.
  5. Stamp the Happy Easter sentiment in black on the orange/yellow/green patterned paper and trim.
  6. Using the black and white paint, splatter drops onto the kraft cardbase and dry with a heat tool.
  7. And finally adhere the rose circle, bunny and sentiment.

 

Once again, Donna has created some amazing cards for us and I do hope that you get a chance to do something crafty like card making or coloring this weekend and put a little peace and joy back into your otherwise chaotic life, lol!  If you love Donna’s work share this with your friends or find her online at @donnadoll74 and let her know you love her cards!

And Remember To Always Dream In Color!

Denise